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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

SCAM ALERT: Scammers offer to help fix driveways

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning people of a new driveway repair scam.

If your driveway needs paving or repairs, don’t trust just anyone to do the job. Historically, summer is prime time of the year for unscrupulous contractors to trick homeowners with supposedly good deals that result in shoddy pavement or overpayment.

How the Scam Works
A contractor leaves a pamphlet or shows up at the door. They claim they’ve been doing work in the area and just happened to notice the condition of your driveway or sidewalk. Since they’re already working nearby, they can give you a discount. If the price is agreeable, they will then ask for a large percentage of the fee up front.

Once the transaction is complete, the scam contractor may disappear completely. The contact number or email may not work, quickly helping you realize that the contact information was a sham. If you protest, the contractor may use intimidation tactics, such as threatening a lawsuit, to convince you to pay up.

In other cases, the contractor work, once complete, is shoddy and unprofessional, but the full payment has been made. In any of these scenarios, the chances of getting a refund or the work fixed are slim.

Send your scam story to: rahnl@windomnews.com, or call 507-831-3455. Stories will appear in an upcoming edition and in a Thursday website report. By sharing your story, you may prevent others from being scammed.

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